Dubrovnik has a lot to offer and there is a lot to see. If you are making plans for your next vacation, you are probably wondering how long you should stay in Dubrovnik. Depending on how long your trip is going to be, we are offering some tips. Find out what to see and how to spend your few days getaway or a week long vacation.
What to see in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik city center is full of monuments that you need to see. In two to three days you can see the most important of it. Here is our recommendation what to visit in Dubrovnik depending on how long you can stay.
Two to Three Days Stay in Dubrovnik
If you can spend just two to three days in Dubrovnik, visit Old Town with its stunning walls, squares, churches, monasteries and museums. Here is the list of things that you must see.
Most city tours stats at Pile Gate. Gate are placed on the western wall, and date back in 16th century. Gate were provided the secure entry and defended the city.
Dubrovnik is well known by its city walls and you should take a walking tour on it. The walls are standing since city was founded, back in 7th century. They were built to protect the city and have survived many battles trough history. Dubrovnik walls are considered to be the best fortification system form that era and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Franciscan Monastery is a large religious complex located in center of Dubrovnik. Inside the monastery is an old pharmacy form 1391, it was first European pharmacy open to the public. Franciscan Monastery Museum is wort of visiting.
St. Blaise Church is dedicated to Dubrovnik’s patron saint, St. Blaise built in Romanesque style in the 14th century, and rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century after the earthquake.
The Rector’s Palace is built in Gotic-style during 14th century. Palace served as the office of the rector of the Republic of Ragusa from 14th to 18th century. Today the place is Cultural History Museum.
Dubrovnik Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. Cathedral dates back in 6th or 7th century. Cathedral was rebuilt between 12th and 14th century in Romanesque style and later, in the Baroque style by architects Paolo Andreotti and Andrea Buffalini after earthquake in 1667.
Stradun is a main street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, also called Placa by locals. It is a part of the town that is popular among the residents and the tourists. Walking through Stradun you can see more of the sunning architecture and historical monuments. There is also a lot of coffee shops, restaurants and gift shops.
Onofrio’s Fountain is one of the most stunning landmarks in Dubrovnik, it is a set of two fountains built by architect of Dubrovnik’s aqueduct, Onofrio Giordano della Cava. One of the fountains can be seen when you walk in to Stradun from Pile Gate and the other is on the opposite side of Stradun.
Orlando’s Column is oldest preserved public sculpture in Dubrovnik. It’s craved out of the stone by Antun Dubrovčanin back in 1418, based on the legendary hero Orland or Rolando. Statue is symbol of Dubrovnik’s freedom.
Dominican Monastery and Museum dates back in 13th century and is built in Gothic-Renaissance style. Monastery and Museum is impressive building with Gothic cloister, gardens and church.
Five to Seven Days Stay in Dubrovnik
If you can spend five to seven days in Dubrovnik, you can see more of its stunning surroundings.
Banje Beach is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik visited by tourists and residents because of it sand and clear sea.
Fort Lovrijenac was built in the 11th century on the top of the rock looking on the sea. The fort was the first line of defense of the town through history. Now it’s most recognizable landmark of Dubrovnik.
You can get to Mount Srđ by Dubrovnik cable car from the station located in Petar Krešimir Street. The upper station is located at altitude of 405 meters above sea level. During the trip in cable car you can enjoy the stunning view of the city. Once you get to the hill you can enjoy the countryside and magnificent view of the Dubrovnik, Adriatic Sea and the neighboring islands.
Lokrum island is a small island on the Adriatic Sea with rich history. There is Benedictine Monastery with Romanesque-Gothic basilica dating back to the 12th to 13th century. Nature lovers will enjoy the island because of its rich plant life, botanic garden, salted lake, with numerous walking trails and much more.
Mljet island is must see natural attraction. There is a lot of places you need to see when you come to Mljet. There is a two beautiful lakes, Big Lake and Small Lake. Most part of the island I wooded, and the major part of Mljet is a natural park. The best way to explore the island is by bike that you can rent.
Arboretum Trsteno is just 20 kilometers away from Dubrovnik, located in place called Trsteno. It’s the oldest arboretum, not only in Croatia but in this part of the Europe. It was set up by the local family Gozze as a part of their summer residence. In 1965 Trsteno become protected as natural monument.
Hotels and Resorts in Dubrovnik
Choosing the right accommodation is the most important prat of panning the vacation. Here is some recommendation where to stay during your visit to Dubrovnik.
Hotel Astarea located in the picturesque village of Mlini. It’s a perfect holiday destination for a peaceful getaway from everyday life. This modern hotel offers accommodation in spacious and comfortable rooms. Also, you enjoy relaxation in outdoor or indoor pool, hotel spa zone and beauty salon.
Villas Srebreno located in beautiful Dubrovnik Riviera resort are offering accommodation in spacious and luxurious apartments with a sea view. It’s a place where you can enjoy the luxury and nature at the same time.
No matter what type of accommodation you prefer, Dubrovnik Riviera resort is the best choice to have relaxing holiday in hart of Mediterranean.
If you really want to see, feel, taste and relax in Dubrovnik stay as long as you can. You won’t regret it.